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Best Angel Food Cake Recipe

Best Angel Food Cake Recipe

For our daughter's wedding, a friend made this lovely, airy cake from a recipe she's used for decades. Serve slices plain or dress them up with fresh fruit. —Marilyn Niemeyer, Doon, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups egg whites (about 9)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Sift 1/2 cup sugar and flour together twice; set aside.
  • 2. Place oven rack in the lowest position. Preheat oven to 350°. Add cream of tartar, extracts and salt to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold in flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time.
  • 3. Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned and entire top appears dry. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4. Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Be sure to use an ungreased (but not a nonstick) tube pan for angel food cakes. This type of batter needs to "climb" the sides of the pan to reach great heights for its light-as-air texture.
  • Inverting the pan while cooling helps prevent the cake from compressing and losing volume. If your pan doesn't have prongs or feet to keep it suspended, suspend it on the neck of a wine bottle.
  • Be patient when adding sugar to egg whites. Going slowly allows a beautiful foam to build. Adding too much sugar at one time can deflate the air you've worked so hard to incorporate.
  • For added style and flavor, stir in the

  • seeds of a vanilla bean or a bit of vanilla bean paste.

    Nutritional Facts

    1 slice: 115 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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    bw93cj98 User ID: 7167365 269536
    Reviewed Jul. 16, 2017

    "This cake was so yummy. We ate it with and without fruit and whipped cream. I made this using King Authur Measure to Measure gluten free flour and it still came out delicious. I am looking for the weight of a serving size as my nephew is diabetic and needs to calculate his food intake. Would anyone know this information? Thanks!"

    s_pants User ID: 174050 267632
    Reviewed Jun. 4, 2017

    "Light and airy. Just sweet enough!"

    ebramkamp User ID: 702841 247687
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2016

    "Yum, yum and YUM!!!! This cake is worth the effort. I didn't change a thing about the recipe but did change the pan. I used two large loaf pans instead of a tube pan. I adjusted the cooking time by reducing it by about 9 minutes and put the pans on their sides when I removed them from the oven to keep the cakes from collapsing on themselves. Scrumptious!"

    cskrn User ID: 7338987 235526
    Reviewed Oct. 24, 2015

    "I took this to work for a potluck and my co-workers said it was the BEST angel food cake they had ever had!"

    Luv2ba8k User ID: 8527576 232369
    Reviewed Sep. 6, 2015

    "This recipe turned out great and tastes amazing! I took it to a party and it was a hit. This will be my go to angel food cake recipe!"

    forbiddendelight User ID: 5108393 231513
    Reviewed Aug. 20, 2015

    "Let me tell you, I do not like Angel Food cake, but after making this one my mind is changed. This is a great tasting cake. I had a wedding cake tasting, and the bride wanted to try an Angel Food cake. She LOVED IT. She wants me to do this cake for her wedding. This is my go to recipe. I give it 10 STARS!!!!!"

    p8nthorselover User ID: 4171928 228149
    Reviewed Jun. 18, 2015

    "Angel food is my favorite cake. I have my own chickens and LOTS of eggs to spare, I am making this in a jelly roll pan. I am going to fill it with whipping cream whipped with cream cheese and topped with fresh rasberries or blueberries! I think it will make a beautiful July 4th roll!"

    ttfn999 User ID: 7587922 228139
    Reviewed Jun. 18, 2015

    "Has anyone at high altitudes tried it? Any adjustments? Will the usual adjustment (more flour) work?"

    Magster58 User ID: 8321239 224205
    Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

    "I will never buy another angel food cake again, super easy. Most angel food cakes are made considering 8 servings so my approx calculations is 212 calories per serving. I might add just a tab bit more almond extract. I also used unbleached white flour instead of cake flour and had no problems with it."

    KATHUTCHINS User ID: 7524515 36018
    Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

    "Made this cake today and it is very good. Only problem I had was it seemed to get done in about 25 minutes instead of the 35-40 but maybe it is my oven?"

    hotfudgesundae User ID: 3463962 88563
    Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

    "Excellent Angel Food cake Recipe! My daughter won a grand champion using this recipe at her 4-H Achievement Days. Also a great treat for those who have diabetes in our family."

    gypsy6837 User ID: 7652773 53447
    Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

    "Can not wait to try this!!!!"

    sunshinelady2 User ID: 7372516 78168
    Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

    "This recipe sounds great. i have made the angel food cake before, but not this one. I'm looking forward to making this cake. I am very sure it will be an 5 star rating.

    I will definitely make this cake."

    jijo2325 User ID: 7462453 53444
    Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

    "This was always my requested birthday cake for my Mom to make. Love angel food cake and this easy recipe."

    DeniseMac User ID: 6702672 94442
    Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

    "I've tried angel food cakes with no luck, they fall, I'm trying this one."

    mwaxham User ID: 520647 47023
    Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

    "We have chickens so we have a lot of eggs to use and this is our favorite cake to use up some egg whites. Now if we could figure out how to use up the egg yolks! We tried this once with regular flour but the cake flour makes a much lighter cake so I would encourage you to make the recipe as written. Excellent cake just as it is, but I'm sure it would be great as a base for a trifle or with strawberries and whipped cream"

    mwsissie User ID: 7295431 204240
    Reviewed Oct. 11, 2013

    "It looks delicious! I've never eat this be4! But i want to ask something.....can i use powdered egg whites in place of real egg whites? As you can make meringue too with it! Just a thought.....cos i don't always have much eggs in fridge and the powder do i have always! I sure like to know! Thanks for answering in advance! :-) :-) :-)"

    jchase User ID: 1201158 79144
    Reviewed Mar. 28, 2013

    "Excellent cake. easy to make. I had problems with my oven the day that I made this and needed to transfer the batter into 2 loaf pans and bake in a toaster oven. Turned out perfect! cake tasted great, easy to slice, and stayed fresh for several days."

    Hungrywife User ID: 6896863 72557
    Reviewed Oct. 14, 2012

    "Amazing cake! It was super easy to make and it tastes like heaven a new family favorite!"

    lilkin User ID: 3142020 86358
    Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

    "The cake is exclleant the way it is"

    jbeasley1 User ID: 5321269 35823
    Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

    "This is such a wonderful cake! I have made other angel food cakes that take more egg whites & they always seem to taste like an egg white. This is such a light & delicious cake. I make a lot of noodles so I have egg whites leftover. This cake recipe is perfect because I have 9 whites left after I've made a batch of noodles."

    timidangel User ID: 1404701 31567
    Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

    "Thank you I am going to enjoy this cake so often it will feel like a party every time I bake it!"

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